Anyone for GDPR?
So folks, for those of you who aren't aware, the law looks like its going to change in Euroland this Spring with the final votes on the General Data Protection Register for all EU citizens. Since the Google Spain case, the law in the back end of all this is getting an over-hall and becoming a Regulation (read as no need to vote into Parliament) that has a 20 million Euro knuckle sandwich at the end of it... or if its a global entity then its up to 4% of their annual turnover.
Whilst it may be a pain in the testicles at this moment to see companies like this escaping the law by dissolving the company down, in about 2 years time you, yes you, will get the chance to be able to write to such companies and ask them the sweet sweet question of "What data do you hold on me?" and "As there is no contract between myself and your company for my personal data, please delete all data from all locations of said personal data; including, as the company has acted as a data controller, all 3rd parties entities that the data has been sold to, ensuring that all the locations of the data are firstly recorded (and evidence to show it) and then deleted in a non recoverable fashion."
A couple of those coming in per day should throw a spanner in the works of companies like this, the ICO will be forced to dole out the fines and then take appropriate auditing steps to ensure that the company has done what it has been asked to otherwise there should be another 20 million Euro fine (I'd assume that a cold calling companies are about to have a bad case of "non-profit-isus" leading to "windup-itus".
So, I hear you ask, whats so special about this... They close down, they start up again and the calls begin again... Absolutely this will happen, its in the nature of stupidity to do such things, but as the new "company" doesn't have any contractual relationship with you and therefore doesn't have the right to hold your personal data, the ICO will have to keep getting involved until it comes to the conclusion its going to be cheaper to enforce on the directors the maximum penalties so that all the other cold calling companies get the message (either that or a couple of goons to offer the director his very own high speed brick-testicle-brick sandwich with no mayo).
Personally I'm looking forward to every single spam email that I get from the companies I've unregistered the marketing from and keep getting spammed. I hope the ICO has thought ahead as when this kicks off there should be about 64.1 million people in the UK writing letters/emails/logging requests with every single company out there that they'll have to track and respond to.
And for those with a political slant thinking we'll (UK) "Brexit" and not care - its based on the right of an EU citizen to their data, and applies no matter where that data is held in the world, so no matter where the company is registered from they must comply with the request (since a lot of the international penalty mechanisms already exist due to financial regulations) .
So howdy doodie world, delete my data*!
(*Rinse and repeat every Friday between lunchtime beers and clock out time - just for shits and giggles!)